Wil Sinclair talks about “Process Patterns”

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Wil Sinclair, a previous head of Zend Framework, has written a new post on his blog discussing “Process Patterns” and coining a new term, hack·le. (You’ll have to visit his blog to get the definition and why it’s relevant.

Wil’s point in writing the post is that regardless of your development methodology, there are some common process patterns we all follow. Good development teams define these and then use them to define their own development methodology.

Pair programming. Daily status meetings. A ‘product backlog’. Test driven development. Various and sundry UML diagrams. Each of these are solutions to common problems in team development. Methodological systems- methodologies, if you will- can be assembled from these basic building blocks. And the methodologies that have become common hackle-hold names are fine examples of these systems.

This is an interesting, albeit short read. Take a moment to click on through and see what Wil is saying. Consider it for a moment and think about your methodology. How does your hackle manage development and can you make it better?

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Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs.   For the past 10 years, Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.33, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at http://blog.calevans.com and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP